The University of New Mexico's Prevention Research Center hosts a Brown Bag lecture, "Jack A. Lope Quits Smoking: Using evaluation results to creatively demonstrate barriers to tobacco cessation," Tuesday, Feb. 7 from 12 to 1 p.m. at the Research Incubator Building (RIB) Commons, 2703 Frontier NE.

Presenters Linda J. Peñaloza, Eric Chrisp and Laura A. Gutman reveal a creative tool developed initially to demonstrate the complex findings of an evaluation of tobacco cessation treatment at a nearby public hospital. The evaluation findings showed that patients encountered numerous barriers. The challenge was to find a way to graphically demonstrate to providers and policy-makers how difficult it was for patients to navigate the confusing and daunting path to successfully quit tobacco.

Initially dramatized as a complex diagram, the presentation evolved into a board game and finally into an on-line interactive electronic training game for front line cessation providers (and everyone involved in the healthcare system working with smokers wanting to quit).

For more information, contact Sarah Sanders at 505-272-4462 or by email at: sreinh@salud.unm.edu